Local nursing program receives grant

The nursing program at Mercy College, based at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, is anticipating an enrollment growth in its associate of science nursing program.

The enrollment growth will require additional nursing faculty, which will be paid for with a $193,200 grant from the Ohio Board of Nursing. Mercy College of Ohio received the grant last week.

Patricia McAllen, associate dean of the Youngstown campus of Mercy College, said the grant will help alleviate the nursing shortage in the area. The Mercy College campus in Youngstown opened 10 years ago and since then, more than 90 percent of the 344 nursing graduates are employed by Humility of Mary Health Partners, a subsidiary of Catholic Health Partners.

Funding for the Ohio Board of Nursing grant comes from a designated nursing license fee established by the OBN and approved by the Ohio General Assembly through December 2023.

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